KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting an electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Jamaica on Thursday.
Mission Head, Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Elections and Boundaries Department, Belize
The mission is headed by Josephine Tamai, chief elections officer, Elections and Boundaries Department, Belize.
The other members of the mission are experts in electoral management and administration from Barbados, The Bahamas, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Members of the mission and the CARICOM Secretariat support staff were scheduled to begin arriving in Jamaica from February 21 and will depart by February 27.
The CARICOM mission will meet with Jamaican electoral officials, leaders of political parties and other stakeholders. On the day of the elections, the mission will monitor the electoral process including the opening of the poll, the voting process, the closing of the poll and the counting of the ballots.
The observer mission will issue a preliminary statement based on its observations and findings. A report of the general elections will be subsequently prepared and submitted to the CARICOM secretary general.
For CARICOM, election observation serves as a platform to support existing democratic traditions within the Caribbean Community as part of its wider policy of supporting democracy.